24 Nov 2016 AEDT
3 Mar 2017 AEDT

Consultation overview

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial lighting in Australia and New Zealand. It considers four lighting products currently subject to energy efficiency regulations under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (Australia) and New Zealand Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002, including:

  • Incandescent and halogen lamps (Australia only)
  • Self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) 
  • Double-capped fluorescent lamps (also referred to as linear fluorescent lamps)
  • Ballasts for fluorescent lamps.

Further, it considers two products that are currently not subject to mandatory energy efficiency requirements:

  • Light emitting diode (LED) lamp technology 
  • Non-integrated Commercial luminaires. 

While the current regulations have gone some way to achieving their objective by promoting and improving lighting energy efficiency, there is significant scope to revise or introduce requirements to improve energy efficiency and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Four proposals (in various combinations) have been considered:

  • Introduce MEPS for LED lamps and integrated luminaires
  • Introduce MEPS for non-integrated commercial luminaires
  • Increase incandescent and halogen MEPS (Australia only) to remove the most inefficient lamps
  • Introduce mandatory labelling for lamp products primarily used in the residential sector.

Key documents

Consultation RIS

Public consultation meetings and webinar

Public consultation meetings and webinar

Public consultation sessions were held in: 

  • Brisbane – 31 January 2017
  • Sydney – 1 February 2017
  • Melbourne – 3 February 2017
  • Auckland – 8 February 2017
  • Adelaide – 10 February 2017
  • Perth – 13 February 2017
  • Webinar – 24 February 2017


The consultation was open for written submissions from 24 November 2016 to 3 March 2017. The following submissions are available for download:

The following organisations provided submissions but did not give permission to publish:

  • Beacon Lighting
  • Eagle Lighting Australia
  • Halcyon Lighting
  • Light Culture Australia
  • Lighting, Art + Science
  • Malaya Blonde


All submissions will be considered and will contribute to a decision as to whether work will proceed to the development of a decision RIS. Any decision RIS would be used to seek agreement for any proposed changes from the relevant New Zealand and Australian Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers participating in the E3 Program.